It wasn’t all that long ago it looked like the Philadelphia Flyers might be on the verge of being swept from the 2010 Stanley Cup betting action. Now, just a few days later the Flyers are on the verge of tying this hockey betting series up at 2-2 and trying to take control of the series with a win in Game 5 at Chicago.
You knew heading into this Stanley Cup betting series, even the though many of the NHL odds makers said otherwise, that this hockey betting matchup was going to stretch on for awhile and probably even go the distance.
Right now with the series at 2-1 in favor of the Hawks the Flyers will need to win Game 4 in order to keep the sports betting series interesting. It’s not exactly Mission Impossible and the Flyers have already proven they can beat the Blackhawks but there is little margin for error should the Flyers fail to win Game 4 on their home ice.
The Flyers dominated Game 3 and there was little question as to which was the better team on Wednesday. They kept goalie Antti Neimen under siege the entire evening (32 shots on goal) and if it wasn’t for a couple outstanding saves on his part the final score could have been much worse than 4-3.
But goal scoring wasn’t the biggest concern for the Flyers in Game 3 and it’s not likely to be the major concern for Game 4 of this hockey betting series either. The Flyers focus will be on keeping the Hawks out of the net and doing a better job of protecting backup goalie Michael Leighton. Leighton, once a shutout machine in the NHL playoff betting action, has become arguably the teams’ biggest liability.
The Flyers plan of attack for Game 4 will likely be the same as in Game 3: attack, attack, attack.
If the Flyers can force the issue and try and keep the action on the Hawks end of the ice, it takes much of the pressure of off Leighton. Even he gives an up a few goals during the hockey betting competition Philly’s hope are that they can outscore the Hawks.
If the Flyers can find the net and try and limit the breakaway opportunities for the Hawks that are likely to result from the aggressive game plane, they’ll most likely take Game 4 before the series heads back to Chicago.